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The Dining Room Hardcover – October 21, 1993

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; 1st edition (October 21, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558595554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558595552
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 10 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,370,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dining rooms are often a luxury in today's space-starved, fast-food culture, but those lucky enough to have one will find here a wealth of ideas for making the room a feast for the eyes as well as a glorious place to feast. Visit Russian palaces, French chateaux, Italian palazzi, London townhouses, a Scottish castle, New York apartments, and many other resplendent or elegantly rustic residences. And don't despair if the ambience seems too high-style for your pocketbook; the volume is full of practical, budget-conscious ways to incorporate these looks into your own more humble abode. --Amy Handy

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Please read the hilarious review by master writer Mister Quickly of Victoria, B.C. first. I admit, I was laughing out loud. Perhaps, with the book's title, he was imagining a literary piece on the meaning of the dining room and eating, more like an MKFisher tome....

But for those of you who will be pleased enough with gorgeous photography (applause for Fritz von Schulenburg) and the most agreeable table settings, this is a lovely book, a reminder of times past and times to come. Nothing over the top, or contempo chic, but classic, discreet, and welcoming. I like Diane Berger's less is more commentary.

If you are an American or Canadian west coaster, it is likely the Country Dining, Kitchen, and Outdoor Dining sections might be the most familiar - warm, rustic, simple.

A lovely gift for any friend who entertains, and who delights in creating classic table settings with love and light.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mister Quickly on November 18, 2005
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I have a recurring dream. In it I am a brilliantly lit dining room and in the centre of me sits a magnificent oak table. She is splendidly burdened with a delicious assortment of treats. For a few tasteful moments the table and I are a scene of silent magnificence. A life-affirming aria starts playing, and I'm not sure who the composer is, but the music is a testament to our splendour. Very abruptly we are interupted by several husky Slovakian men. They begin gorging from the table, favouring especially the aspic (which I've always had trouble enjoying), smearing it all over their bearded faces. It is at this moment that I begin to turn up the lighting causing them to sweat and itch, scratching themselves in a way that powders the floor with a heavy dander. Yet, they are still fixated enough with the task of eating that they do not stop consuming. I then turn up the thermostat several degrees beyond too high until the men start disrobing. At this point I wake up.

What is the dining room? What is the purpose of its leitmotif in the behavioural depths of our humanity? Why does it prowl unchecked in mist of our unguarded minds in this way? I expect some of these challenging questions answered in volume 2.
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